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The Barn of Chapel Hill Bridal Bash Open House

We were invited to come out for the first time and be a part of an amazing night at The Barn of Chapel Hill and it was so much fun! We were invited out by the pros at Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events who threw a wonderful open house Bridal Bash and really nailed it with all of the small details.  We joined a stellar wedding vendor team and treated the brides and grooms to be to a fun night of music, food, champagne, great lighting and even a little dancing!  The Barn of Chapel Hill is one gorgeous and unique wedding venue.  If you have not had the chance to visit yet then you need to make it out for a tour.

The good folks running the show let us have a little fun and show off our uplighting which we were very happy to do.  Take a look below to see how we painted the outside and inside of the barn in multiple different colors to wow the guests pulling up.

Check out the vendor team that helped make it special!

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Coordinator: Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events

Photographer: Six Foot Photography

Caterer: Scarborough Fare Catering

Sorbet Dessert: Sweet Water Ices

Specialty Gifts: Shelby Dillon

Photo Booth: Snap It Photo Booth

Lighting Design: All Around Raleigh DJ


 

 

Carrie & Albert’s All-Smiles Wedding at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC

We met Carrie & Albert for the first time over bagels and coffees and we immediately understood how amazing this couple was! They were both highly educated, deeply caring and very genuinely nice people which may help explain why we love our job so much. We got to work an amazing team of wedding vendors but most of our interactions were with Leah from C&D Events. Leah really made our job easier with so many moving parts and the ceremony “off the grid” down in the trees. The Barn at Valhalla is one of the unique wedding venues in the area and has an amazing story which is exactly why Carrie & Albert chose it to host their wedding guests.  Check out the photos below from Annie Watts Photography!

For the ceremony, Carrie chose  ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power for her entrance song and they chose the Star Wars Throne Room song as their recessional.  Albert’s Dad was the officiant which always makes a ceremony a little more sentimental.

The cocktail hour music was provided by a jazz quartet of students at the University of North Carolina  and they were so much fun and really sounded great.  We took over and brought the bridal party in to “You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jackie Wilson then we dropped that out and announced the newlyweds to their first dance song ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Louis Armstrong.  The Father & Daughter Dance and then the Mother & Son dance were followed by a very warm and special welcome by Carrie & Albert.  Dinner was a combination of upbeat contemporary, wedding dinner classics and jazz.  The Matron of Honor and Best Man brought down the house with two short but amazing toasts and then we were off and dancing!  Everyone was so genuinely happy and fun that it really made for a fun and memorable night for us and for everyone else involved too. You’re really going to enjoy the photos from Annie Watts Photography below. Thank you Albert & Carrie for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

 

Check out Carrie & Albert’s Wedding Vendors!

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Coordinator: C & D Events

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography

Caterer: Neomonde Mediterranean

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Bella Cupcakes

Hair and Makeup: Radiant NC

Jonathan & Kyle’s Sophisticated Wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh, NC

Kyle & Jonathan had the wedding of their dreams at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh which is rustic yet refined and perfect in every way!  We got to know Kyle & Jonathan really well in the months leading up to this affair and enjoyed every minute of it. From the first moment we knew this would be a fun but challenging wedding with lots of new traditions happening. The guys chose Sweet SaraBelle as their wedding planner. Sarah and her team are AMAZING and did not disappoint. There were so many unique and amazing touches to this wedding like the giant chandelier from Themeworks, romantic and exciting uplighting, their ceremony arrangement with guests surrounding them and, oh by the way, a drag show or two!

The playlist was a mix of contemporary, energetic, fun and timeless. We started off their wedding reception with their grand entrance to ‘Chasing the Sun’ by The Wanted and then we went directly into a They chose ‘Because You Loved Me’ by Celine Dion for their First Dance but we had some fun and *record scratch interruption* into a performance by the drag queens! Below you can see the great shots captured by Shane Snider Photography who is so, so easy to work with and very impressive.

We would like the world to know that All Around Raleigh DJ is a very LGBT / same-sex friendly wedding DJ!  Our company policy is Same Love, Same Rights.  We always have and always will support every person that wishes to be married and will provide everyone with the same respect due to them.  Since very early on, we have had a PAGE on our website dedicated to announcing our support for the LGBTQ community.  We are proud to say that we have helped hundreds of Mr. & Mr. and Mrs. & Mrs. clients have the same crazy, insane and fun wedding that we ALL wish for!

 

Check out Kyle & Jonathan’s Talented Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: The Stockroom

Coordinator: Sweet SaraBelle

Photographer: Shane Snider Photography

Caterer: Caffe Luna

Chandelier Rental: ThemeWorks

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Chloe

Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Floral Design: Sweet SaraBelle

Wedding Ceremony Officiant: Ceremonies by Katherine

Wedding Lighting: All Around Raleigh DJ

Amanda & Sam’s Sweet Wedding at Noah’s in Morrisville, NC

Amanda & Sam had such a great wedding day at Noah’s Event Venue in Morrisville!  We titled this blog with the adjective “sweet” because there was tons of cake, cupcakes, cookies and every other type of dessert you could imagine all perfectly baked and ready to be enjoyed.  Amanda & Sam were so fun to meet and get to know through our in-office meetings, phone calls and e-mails. Needless to say, we were excited to help them have a great day.  Plus, just look at how photogenic they are in these great photos by Cor Photography!

We started off the wedding reception at Noah’s with the Grand Entrance to ‘Forever’ by Chris Brown which has to be one of our all time favorites!  Sam & Amanda then went directly into their first dance which was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift which was a first for us.  It was awesome!  There are slow parts and fast parts to that song which were perfect for these two as they didn’t want the dry, same old, heave first dance song and they had a ton of fun with it.   After a dinner filled with casual contemporary hits, the newlyweds cut the cake to ‘How Sweet It Is’ by James Taylor then they decided to combine the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances to ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles.  Aaaaaamazing champagne toasts by Amanda’s sister and Sam’s Dad followed.  We kicked the dance floor open right after that and never looked back!  They had a really fun and modern playlist for us that included Kygo, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding and tons more with lots of current hip-hop thrown in to keep their guests on the dance floor.

Best wishes to Sam & Amanda!

 

Here are the wonderful vendors that Amanda & Sam chose!

 

Venue: Noah’s Event  Venue

Wedding Coordinator and Planning: C&D Events

Photographer: Cor Photography

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Linens and Rentals: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Simply Cakes

Wedding DJ: All Around Raleigh DJ

Wedding Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Floral Design: Tre Bella Florist

Wedding Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Culture

Transportation: Raleigh Dream Limos


25 Best Shag and Beach Music Songs for your Wedding Reception Party

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Let’s admit it, not everyone at the wedding is going to want hip-hop so here is a list of great shag and beach music songs specifically for your 2018 wedding reception but they are good anytime!  We should know because this area is known for the best shag/beach songs in the country.  Beach music is a lot of fun and some really good dancing music!

The All Around Raleigh DJ Company is based in Raleigh, NC and specializes in DJ’ing for weddings, private parties, corporate events, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, pool parties and any other event where you need great music!

1. Carolina Girls – General Johnson

2. With this Ring – Platters

3. I Love Beach Music – Embers

4. My Girl – Temptations

5. Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward

6. Under the Boardwalk – Drifters

7. Miss Grace – Tymes

8. Summertime is Calling Me – Catalinas

9. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers

10. What You Do To Me – Embers

11. Shama Lama Ding Dong – Otis Day and the Knights

12. 39-21-46 – Showmen

13. Stay – Maurice Williams

14. Cool Me Out – LaMont Dozier

15. Lady Soul – Temptations

16.  Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard – Alabama

17.  Ocean Boulevard – Band of Oz

18.  My Guy – Mary Wells

19.  You’re More Than a Number in My Little Red Book – Drifters

20. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams

21. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima

22. She Used to be my Girl – O’Jays

23. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

24. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

25. Some Kind of Wonderful – The Band of Oz

Wedding Ceremony Playlist Ideas

Wedding Ceremony Music Playlist

 

Do you still have a few blank spots on your wedding ceremony playlist? All Around Raleigh DJ is here to help! There are so many wonderful songs and wonderful covers of those songs both classical and contemporary. We hope you enjoy these songs and they inspire your wedding ceremony song list!

 

Stephanie & Patrick’s Hip Hop Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC

 

It was all smiles at Stephanie & Patrick’s wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the DJ service, lighting and photo booth on their wedding day.  We’re also super pumped to share some images from one of our all-time favorite wedding photographers of their wedding by Connections Photography!

Their reception started off with the new couple and their very dapper wedding party walking in to the beautiful Bay 7 ballroom at the American Tobacco Campus with House of Pain’s “Jump Around” setting the perfect mood for the PARTY to come. The newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds which is a fabulous song for a first dance.

The amazing dinner by the highly acclaimed Angus Barn was served and the Empty Pockets Band took over with their amazing performance.  Stephanie & Patrick really wanted to hit it hard after dinner so the band took the rest of the night off!

After some very special and entertaining toasts by Stephanie’s sisters and Patrick’s Father, Patrick invited his Step-Mom out for a really touching dance to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. Then Stephanie and her father shared the dance floor to “Pintame” by Elvis Crespo which was a lot of fun and transitioned into a dance with the groom and is Mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.  We broke open the dance floor with “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire but quickly transitioned to a ton of great hip-hop by Nelly, Young Joc, Fetty Wap, French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Petey Pablo, Flo Rida, Lil Jon and a whole bunch more.  It was an intense and crazy dance floor especially with the uplights going hard to turn Bay 7 into a night club for the night!

Patrick and Stephanie designed their timeline to maximize time spent on the dance floor and I’m really glad they did! Their friends and family kept dancing the entire time all the way up to the last song of the evening, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wedding. Congratulations and best wishes go out to Stephanie and Patrick!

Check out Stephanie & Patrick’s Professional Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus 

Coordinator: The Angus Barn

Photographer: Connections Photography

Caterer: The Angus Barn

Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Chloe

Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Florist: Teacup Floral

Band for Cocktail Hour: Empty Pockets Band

Videographer: AK Focus – Andrew Kennedy Cinematography

Makeup: n/a

Wedding Lighting: All Around Raleigh DJ

Stephanie & Daniel’s Train Station Wedding at 305 Trackside in Southern Pines, NC


We’re back with another amazing wedding that we got to DJ for!  It was all smiles at Stephanie & Daniel’s wedding at 305 Trackside and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the music for their day.  We’re too excited to share some of our favorite images of their wedding by Jennifer B Photography!

The night opened up with some light acoustic music for the cocktail hour which allowed everyone to catch up and have a few drinks as the newlyweds took photos with their bridal party and family.  We brought everyone in to the reception area and then introduced the parents and bridal party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder but changed it up to, one of our favorites, “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone to introduce the Bride & Groom. Stephanie’s Dad said a very nice welcome speech then Daniel’s Dad said a blessing to open up dinner. Dinner was served with Motown, oldies, light, upbeat, classic soul and jazz gave the occasion a timeless touch, allowing guests to share memories and enjoy the delicious cuisine from 39 West Catering.

After beautiful toasts from the Bride’s brother and then the Best Man, the newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “Baby, I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops.  Stephanie and her Dad then danced their Father/Daughter Dance to an instrumental version of “Perfect” by Ed Sheehan followed by the Mother/Son Dance to “Wonder of You” by Elvis . We opened up the dance floor with the Anniversary Dance and it was immediately clear that Stephanie and Daniel’s guests came to celebrate!  We happily obliged and had a really great night of dancing and celebrating this amazing couple.

Stephanie and Daniel designed their timeline to maximize time spent on the dance floor, and I’m really glad they did! Their friends and family kept dancing the entire time, all the way up to the last song of the evening, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wonderful couple’s wedding. The night ended with a very fun sparkler exit. Congratulations and best wishes, Stephanie and Daniel!

Here is Stephanie & Daniel’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  305 Trackside

Photographer: Jennifer B. Photography

Coordinator: A Lovely Affair Weddings

Caterer: 39 West Catering

Wedding Cake Baker: C Cups Cupcakes 

Ceremony Musician: Winifred G Harpest 

Rentals: Ward Productions 

Florist: Specialties Events

Makeup: Sunshine Artistry

 

 

 

Gin & Perry’s Party Wedding at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

Gin & Perry had the most amazing, blow-out, party wedding of their dreams at Belt Line Station!  This was one wild and fun wedding and we got to supply the playlist for a very memorable night.  Please check out the amazing work by Ariel Kaitlin Photography below.

To start their cocktail hour and set the tone, Gin & Perry wanted some 80’s music, blues and some great rock classics. We brought them into their reception to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and it just about brought the venue down!  Gin & Perry chose ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green for their first dance as a married couple. The dinner playlist was a really fun playlist of James Taylor, Leon Bridges, Ray LaMontagne, Lauryn Hill, Michael Buble and more. When dinner was just about finished, Gin & Perry played The Shoe Game to throw even more fun into the night.  We opened up the dance floor after toasts and it was packed immediately and stayed that way all night long.  This was a really, really fun wedding and Gin & Perry had a lot of fun planning their day and we had a great time working with them.

Here is Gin & Perry’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  Belt Line Station

Photographer:  Ariel Kaitlin Photography

Florist:  Petal & Oak

Caterer:  Belt Line Station

Pies and Tarts Baker: Belt Line Station

 

Kelly & Steven’s Sweet Wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly & Steven had their wonderful, classic and fun wedding at The Sutherland wedding venue in Wake Forest, NC on a gorgeous summer day and we got to help make it a great day for them!  Please check out the amazing work by Carolyn Scott Photography below.

The couple’s wedding ceremony was on the beautiful and intimate front lawn of The Sutherland.  The cocktail hour was on the back patio and the reception was in the pavilion.  The ceremony music was acoustic covers of contemporary songs like ‘Latch’ and ‘Fast Car’.

To start their reception, we got their guests a little fired up and brought everyone in to the carriage house. Steven and Kelly are huge Game of Thrones fans so we played the intro to G.O.T. for their Grande Entrance and they had an absolute blast with it. Kelly & Steven chose ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by Sleeping at Last (great cover!). The dinner playlist was classic, timeless music style similar to Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Their dancing playlist included Pitbull, Sia, DJ Kool and other old-school hits, MGMT.  Along with the wonderful vendors below, we helped throw this amazing couple a great wedding reception full of dancing and laughter.  After a few hours, things got more and more fun and everyone really got into partying so at the very last minute the bride and groom chose to really close it out strong with ‘Shots!’ by LMFAO ft Lil Jon and the dance floor just about blew up!

Here is Kelly & Steven’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  The Sutherland

Photographer:  Carolyn Scott Photography

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

Wedding Cake:  Ashley Cakes

Caterer:  Rocky Top Catering

Hair and Makeup:  Makeup for Your Day

Lighting and Arbor:  Themeworks Creative

Rentals:  CE Rentals

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography